Ajax’s young starlet Justin Kluivert has named north London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal as two of four potential Premier League clubs at which he can see himself playing in the future.
The 18-year-old attacker, son of former Newcastle United star Patrick Kluivert, is the latest of the series of bright talents to emerge from the Dutch giants’ youth academy, and has already established himself as a crucial member of the first team in Amsterdam.
Speaking about a potential exit from his boyhood club, Kluivert junior has said that there are a quartet of English sides he would be interested in playing for, as well as the two Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.
He told February’s edition of Dutch magazine Helden, as quoted by the Mirror: “England appeals to me: Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea or Manchester United are nice clubs where I can see myself playing in a few years.
“If you get a nice offer, you never know. I really wanted to go to Barcelona instead of Real Madrid. Barcelona is in my heart, but who am I to say no to Real Madrid?”
A winger who is versatile enough to operate on either flank, the youngster has made 25 appearances across all competitions this season, not appearing in just four league games, and has seven goals and four assists to his name.
Football Insider verdict
Spurs and Arsenal have managed to get their names among some top sides in the hunt for the young attacker’s capture, but can they really pull off a deal if they wanted to. Having not yet established himself on the European stage, any club wanting to secure a deal may well want to do it sooner rather than later in order to snatch him up ahead of other suitors, with interest likely to grow and grow as he develops further. Arsenal will have to improve on their league performances if they want to secure his signing. What about Tottenham? Well, Mauricio Pochettino has a fine record of working with youth players and there will certainly be less pressure at the north London side placed on his shoulders than at the other clubs. It could well be the perfect destination, but it will be a tough battle to convince him of that.
In other Tottenham news, Daniel Levy has jetted off on a transatlantic mission to seal a sensational £20million-a-year Spurs deal.